Butterfly Home contrasts conventional options with fashionable supplies

January 12, 2023 by No Comments

British studio Will Gamble Architects has modernised a heritage-listed terraced home in south London, including a collection of bespoke joinery components that assist to repurpose the prevailing residing areas.

Identified beneath the nickname Butterfly Home, the challenge concerned the refurbishment and reconfiguration of a Grade II-listed house in Lambeth for a few attorneys and their two younger youngsters.

Dining room of Butterfly House by Will Gamble Architects
Will Gamble Architects has renovated the inside of Butterfly Home in London

The constructing, which dates again to the 1840s, was initially conceived as a four-storey household house. However it had beforehand been knocked via to a neighbouring property and separated vertically into flats earlier than being returned to a single dwelling.

Will Gamble Architects was requested to create a up to date house that makes the many of the accessible area whereas retaining the options and character of the prevailing structure.

Micro-cement fireplace with wooden storage unit
Micro-cement covers the chimney breast within the eating room

“Regardless of its heritage itemizing, the constructing had been messed round with and most of the authentic options had been ripped out,” challenge architect Miles Kelsey instructed Dezeen.

“We had been required to protect the proportions of any rooms that hadn’t modified an excessive amount of and centered on figuring out the minimal permissible alterations that might have the most important spatial influence.”

Dining area of Butterfly House by Will Gamble Architects
A built-in bench offers seating within the eating space

The scheme returns Butterfly Home to its authentic inside format, with the kitchen and eating space on the bottom flooring, residing areas on the primary flooring and the bedrooms above.

With a purpose to adapt the prevailing flooring plan to fulfill the purchasers’ wants, the architects repositioned a few of the inside openings and launched joinery components with built-in doorways and storage.

Kitchen of with wooden cabinets and small fireplace
The unique fire within the kitchen was retained

“As a result of we had been restricted in what we may do with a listed constructing, the bespoke joinery allowed us to maximise the potential of every area,” Kelsey added.

“The joinery additionally enabled us to create a very clear and coherent design aesthetic all through the challenge that responds to the purchasers’ request for pure and sincere supplies.”

Hallway of Butterfly House by Will Gamble Architects
A white-painted stairway results in the higher flooring

A restrained, pared-back materials palette is utilized all through the inside, with the oak joinery complemented by surfaces of micro-cement and stone.

The neighbouring property was used as a reference for reinstating authentic options together with the architraves and skirting, which stand out due to the sober therapy of the fashionable additions.

“Our concept was that the normal ornamental particulars ought to sit alongside extra modern components just like the joinery to create a robust distinction between outdated and new,” stated Kelsey.

“We did not wish to overly embellish the modern components so as to keep a way of coherence throughout the entire challenge.”

Living room with built-in storage and rocking chair
Gentle permeates the lounge by way of its refurbished French doorways

The kitchen and eating room on the bottom flooring are linked by a big oak-framed opening that permits a view via the home in direction of the home windows on the opposite facet.

A chimney breast within the eating room was reinstated and coated with a pale-grey micro-cement end that’s echoed within the eating desk.

Door in built-in storage unit
Constructed-in storage on the opposite facet of the room conceals a brand new door

Constructed-in cabinetry on both facet of the chimney offers sensible storage whereas a bench positioned alongside the other wall gives seating for the eating desk.

The lounge on the primary flooring accommodates massive refurbished French doorways on one facet and a newly instated door on the opposite facet, set inside a full-height storage factor.

Window seat in Butterfly House by Will Gamble Architects
The house’s customized joinery is constituted of heat oak wooden

The pared-back materials palette extends to the bedrooms on the 2 higher flooring, the place the oak joinery is used to create storage, headboards and partition partitions such because the one separating the primary bed room from its en suite rest room.

Butterfly Home takes its identify from the everyday roof type that tops the terraced property. It additionally references the bowed flooring and ceilings uncovered throughout the renovation, which had been remediated as a part of the challenge.

Bathtub with wood cladding surrounded in soft yellow tiles
Wooden additionally options within the bogs of Butterfly Home

Will Gamble based his eponymous structure and interiors studio in 2018. Based mostly in Barnes, London, the corporations works on industrial and residential initiatives, usually involving the variation of historic buildings for contemporary use.

The apply was longlisted for rising structure studio of the 12 months on the 2022 Dezeen Awards.

Its beforehand accomplished initiatives embrace a glass-walled extension to a Georgian red-brick home and the transformation of a ruined 17-century parchment manufacturing unit into a up to date residence.

The images is by Nick Dearden.

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